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THE countdown is on to the
region’s biggest festival – my
favourite day on the local events
calendar – and each year I learn
from my experience how to do it
Today’s edition of the Murray
Pioneer features a Riverland
Wine & Food Festival spread,
with all you need to know about
the big day (pages 8-9).
For those festival first-timers,
upon entry you can expect
to sit back under the grand
marquee, sip a locally crafted
beverage in a distinctively
designed glass, and take in the
spectacular river-front setting. A
variety of stallholders will take
your tastebuds on a tour of the
Riverland, before you let loose
on the dance floor surrounded by
your best mates.
This year will be my fourth
event, and I like to think I’ve
learned a thing or two about
what not to do.
From sunburn, wardrobe
malfunctions, blisters and seedy
Sundays, I’ve revisited my for-
mer festival fails to bring you 10
tips (take them or leave them).
Don’t pre-drink before the
festival. I can hear the cries of
disagreement already, but even I
can’t find it socially expectable
to start drinking at 9am.
If you still want to be standing
at 6pm, heed this recommenda-
Don’t skip breakfast. Make
sure you smash a big, cooked
brekky before the event. Many
festival goers would prioritise
wine before food, and trust me
it’s never a good move to start on
an empty stomach.
Don’t forget a hat. My 2016
peeling scalp and rosey nose
support this suggestion. Plus
fashion – am I right?
Don’t wear white, unless you
only plan to wear the outfit once,
because there is no way you’re
getting rid of those red wine
Don’t be afraid to wear
matching outfits. Synchronised
Hawaiian shirts can easily locate
the lads and matching netball
trip or hen’s day shirts are great
Don’t wear leather. My 2015-
self has the deepest regrets for
my leather skirt choice that
pretty much melted to my legs.
Trust me on this one.
Don’t forget to drink water.
H2O is the only thing saving you
from a hard lemonade hangover.
A water station will be available
on the day to quench your thirst.
Don’t wear stilettos. For so
many reasons. Grass, blisters,
broken ankles – take your pick.
Don’t roll in late and try to
play catch up. You will never
reach the same level as sloppy
Susan. Be a responsible friend
and drive your mates home
before they make any poor life
Finally, don’t miss out. The
wine and food festival is a
packed day of fun and the vibe
cannot be replicated. Don’t wait
364 days until the next one.
10 wine & food festival don’ts
...with Sara Gilligan
DETAILS of a story that appeared in last
week’s Murray Pioneer (‘Small engines
gain traction in Cobdogla’, 5/10/18) are
The story states that the miniature trac-
tion engines weighed up to 10.5 tonnes,
however in fact they weigh approximately
A $5 admission fee will be charged to
people attending the miniature traction
engine rally, to be held on Sunday, October
21, with lunch available for purchase at the
Traction engine correction:
A SUNNY forecast for Saturday’s
Riverland Wine & Food Festival of 29C
will greet patrons.
The region’s leading event on the social
calendar will kick off at the Berri river
front from 12 noon, with thousands of visi-
tors and locals set to enjoy Riverland bev-
erages and produce.
Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough
said partly cloudy skies and temperatures
in the high 20s promised near-perfect
weather for festival goers, but warned a
70 per cent chance of rain may cloud the
event in the afternoon.
“Temperatures are currently looking to
be 28C or 29C, but this could change clos-
er to the day,” he said.
“It looks like the odd, light shower will
occur, more likely later in the day.
“Winds shouldn’t be too gusty. It looks
to be a little bit breezy at times, particu-
larly later in the afternoon, but generally
looking at light winds throughout.
“The rain won’t be enough to dampen
spirits. It should be a pleasantly sunny day
for the festival.”
Acoustic trio All About her will get the
party started on the centre stage from 12
noon to 3pm before Adelaide DJ Tim Bos
hits the decks on the main stage from 3pm
A complete timetable for a free bus ser-
vice operating to and from the event can be
found on the festival’s website. Tickets can
also be purchased online for $30.
PAGES 8-9 Full festival coverage
The 24th annual Renmark Rose Festival will begin next Friday. Pictured are the 2018 Rose Festival ambassadors (from left) Andrea Fairlie,
Marnie Townsend, Mariam Belle and Nicole Casement (front). The winner of the ambassador program will be announced at the festival’s gala
dinner on Saturday, October 27. PHOTO: Celeste Newbery
A GALA dinner, chefs in the
garden, and an opening fair are
among the highlights of this
year’s 24th annual Renmark Rose
The festival kicks off on Friday,
October 19, with an official open-
ing at Renmark’s Jarrett Memorial
Gardens on Saturday, October 20.
Events and Riverland open gar-
dens are held across the region
throughout the 10-day festival.
Readers can find out more
about the events in the Rose
Festival eight-page lift-out insert-
ed free in today’s Murray Pioneer.
Festival fun set to bloom
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